Toyota Prius – Car review

Posted: December 4, 2012 in Reviews
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2012-toyota-prius

Source of image and technical specifications: (caranddriver.com)

Specifications:

VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 1.8-liter inline-4, 98 hp, 105 lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: continuously variable automatic
PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):
Zero to 60 mph: 10.3 sec
PROJECTED FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST):
EPA city/highway driving: 44/42 mpg

Brian’s insight into this car

I can tell you that I was pleasantly surprised when I first drove the new Toyota Prius. First of all I was pleased with the interior. At some point I felt like I was in a machine for the new era. The Japanese have really worked hard for the traveler to feel powerful in it.
What I really like for example is, that many functions and settings for climate and music are on the steering wheel.
Unlike the previous generation, which had a 5-door, the Prius has four. There is enough space, the only problem may be the trunk is too small, but it is resolved by lowering the seats.
Despite that fact, the car is brisk, but still very comfortable, will overcome not only highways, but extremely bad roads and bad driving conditions.

Brian, which one is best for me?

The equipment is really powerful. But the basic model is all that is needed for the most discerning driver, not to mention the T-top version of the Spirit, which has a Bluetooth interface that you can hook onto your mobile phone and the most advanced voice navigation system.
All vehicles, ranging from the basic model T-3 has perfect air conditioning, excellent air bags, power windows and many other features.
In addition to these two releases is the third package the T-4, which is equipped in between the two,  and the one i would go for if I was in your place..

And the running costs are?

The Prius is fantastic as far as cost is concerned and better than most of its rivals, especially my favorite turbo-diesel that will certainly be adjusted to your pocket.
The problem however is that the insurance is too expensive, and really, no matter how much you love your pet, you will not be happy that It’s ownership has such a high price.
And yet, I can’t be unfair. I have to admit that the eight-year warranty or 100,000 miles is really tempting.

Problems, and more problems with this car?

With this beauty, there are problems with the engine. Many have complained about breakdowns, hard starting and unexplained cut offs.
The lights are not exactly the brightest either.
However, the Toyota Prius is a trusted vehicle which for years has provided security for those who opted for it. This applies in particular to the whole interior and the the rich functionality that it’s decorated with.

Brian’s final verdict

A great car that will please the most discerning.

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